Archive of May 18, 2005

Transcendent God reaches out to us in our humility, says Pope Benedict on the birthday of John Paul II

May 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Remembering the late John Paul II on what would have been his 85th birthday, Pope Benedict XVI today, greeted nearly 25,000 soggy pilgrims on a rain-soaked Roman morning, reminding them of God’s desire to comfort the lowly and the suffering.

Pope Benedict praises renaming of Italian peak for John Paul II

May 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- At the conclusion of today’s General Audience, Pope Benedict spiritually joined a ceremony, taking place simultaneously in Italy’s Gran Sasso mountain range, to name one of its peaks for the late John Paul II who would have been 85 today.

Terri Schiavo’s parents attend Papal audience, thank Vatican for support

May 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Among the pilgrims present for Pope Benedict XVI’s Wednesday audience this morning were Bob and Mary Schindler—parents of Terri Schiavo, a Florida woman, who succumbed to court ordered starvation in March.

Compendium of Catechism to be ready for publication in time for WYD 2005

May 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The long-awaited Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church will be ready in time for World Youth Day 2005, which will take place in Cologne, Germany.

Parents of Terri Schiavo thank Holy See for defending her life

May 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The parents of Terri Schiavo, Bob and Mary Schindler, thanked the Holy See for its support in the fight to save the life of their daughter, who died after her husband had her feeding tube removed.

EWTN news director receives honorary doctorate

May 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- EWTN's news director, Raymond Arroyo, was awarded an honorary doctorate of communications from Franciscan University of Steubenville May 14. 

Orlando bishop says U.S. immigration policy outdated, unjust

May 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The United States need a new immigration policy that will protect and address the need of immigrant and U.S-born workers, said Bishop Thomas Wenski in a special column published in the Orlando Sentinel.

Pro-family group reflects one year after Massachusetts allows same-sex marriage

May 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- One year after a Massachusetts court allowed same-sex marriages, Concerned Women for America (CWA) says it has done nothing less than to mobilize Americans to defend marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Pro-abortion speaker cancels appearance amid concerns about protest

May 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- U.S. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-New Hartford) withdrew as the commencement speaker at this Saturday's St. Elizabeth College of Nursing ceremony because he learned that pro-life advocates had planned protests over his pro-abortion stance, reported the Utica Oberver-Dispatch.

Catholic Charities tsunami relief hits $150 million

May 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) announced last week that Catholic Relief Services has received over $150 million in donations—the largest amount ever collected in a single appeal—for the areas ravaged by last December’s tsunami.

Vatican expert: Catholicism’s destiny intertwined with Latin America

May 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During a conference in Lima at the celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the Latin America Bishops Conference (CELAM), the Undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Guzman Carriquiry, pointed out that “the destiny of Catholicism and the destiny of our peoples in large measure are intertwined, at least for the 21st century.”

Pope Benedict XVI tells Latin America bishops: Defend family and promote priestly vocations

May 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In message sent to bishops gathered in Lima for the 50th anniversary of the Latin America Bishops Conference, Pope Benedict XVI exhorted them to defend marriage and the Christian family from “ideologies and practices” that undermine their foundations and to promote priestly vocations. 

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